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Adams Bailey, PhD

UNC Public Policy


I’m a Policy and Data Analyst with the Research Triangle Institute's Center for Applied Economics & Strategy. 

I recently completed a PhD in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My interests and research span  regional economic development policy, science and technology policy, and regional ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship. 

My dissertation was on business attraction policies and their impact on well-being in communities. My three papers examine the impact of economic development incentives (EDIs) and other policies used to attract companies to specific locations on the welfare of residents. While the impact of incentives on geographies and local economies have been broadly examined, work has only recently begun to focus on how business attraction and EDIs impact the welfare of individuals and inequality within communities.

Prior, I worked at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C., writing on the economics of trade, technology, and entrepreneurship policy. I earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and Political Economy and a Master’s in Political Economy and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. I’m a North Carolina native, a member of the Royster Society of Fellow at UNC, and an APPAM Entrepreneurship Fellow. I live in Chapel Hill with my wife Hilary, our cat Vivy and 8 chickens. 

You can find out more about my past and present academic projects here, as well as my teaching experience. Please reach out ( for most recent drafts of any working or dissertation papers. For an introduction to incentives and other thoughts on business attraction, technology policy, and economic development, check out my blog.

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